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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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I'm a 30yof. I've been getting dizzy spells and blurred vision. Just really tired spells too. What could cause this and i'm 35lbs overweight.?

I'm a 30yof. I've been getting dizzy spells and blurred vision. Just really tired spells too. What could cause this and i'm 35lbs overweight.?

See doc right away: Dizzy spells, especially when they are associated with any visual changes needs immediate evaluation; in addition you are having tired spells. There are a number of disorders that could be in the differential diagnosis, but the one i would be most concerned with is an inflammation in arteries in the brain/scalp area, specifically temporal or cranial arteritis/vasculitis. Go, get a sed rate done. ...Read more

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Im 16 and have been on my period for 7 months straight, im overweight but i don't think thats the cause, I have white clots occasionaly and am dizzy?

Im 16 and have been on my period for 7 months straight, im overweight but i don't think thats the cause, I have white clots occasionaly and am dizzy?

See a doctor: I assume when you say 7 months straight you have bled for 7 months every day. This is abnormal and you need to see a obgyn immediately. There are many easy to treat problems that can cause the excessive bleeding. The doctor will need to exam you and run blood tests, to determine the cause. Tell your mom and have her bring you in to be seen. ...Read more

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My husband keeps getting dizzy spells with nauseam, occuring shortly after eating usually. Hes overweight and has sleep apneoa high blood pressure, borderline diabetic, what could possibly be going on to cause these dizzy spells?

My husband keeps getting dizzy spells with nauseam, occuring shortly after eating usually. Hes overweight and has sleep apneoa high blood pressure, borderline diabetic, what could possibly be going on to cause these dizzy spells?

Dizzy post meal: Blood flow is shunted away from head due to need to digest (just as waiting not swimming after eating because there is not enough blood for the abdomen and muscles) but this is not normal after meals. Given HTN obesity DM ,OSA needs a stress test and carotid dopplers.May also be reflux,gb but need to check heart. F/U today w/ ER or cardiologist. ...Read more

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I've had sudden dizziness and feeling of fainting when standing lately. I take metoprolol and Diovan (valsartan). What could cause this? I'm over weight by +60.

I've had sudden dizziness and feeling of fainting when standing lately. I take metoprolol and Diovan (valsartan). What could cause this? I'm over weight by +60.

Check your: heart rate and blood pressure when you go from sitting to standing., You may be experiencing a fall in BP and the metoprolol is not allowing your heart rate to increase as you change position, Talk w/your doctor about adjusting your medication. ...Read more

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Overweight and constant dizziness, how do I treat this?

Discuss causes: The answer depends on what is causing the dizziness. Sometimes when overweight there is hyperglycemia or early diabetes and this, elevated blood sugar, can cause a sense of dizziness or lightheadedness. There are so many other causes of dizziness however, please see a practitioner to address; they can discuss or refer you for options to improve your weight. ...Read more

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Im 23 overweight hire come v when I go to the gym to workout I haven't in years I feel dizzy all the time I also have GAD ?

Im 23 overweight hire come v when I go to the gym to workout I haven't in years I feel dizzy all the time I also have GAD ?

Dizziness: Your medications may be causing some of your symptoms. Inderal (propranolol) lowers your blood pressure by slowing your heart rate, which makes it difficult to strenuously exercise. But it is a good medication for anxiety, so do not abruptly stop it. Work with your doctor to put you on a good weight loss regimen of mild exercise, a healthy diet, and better control of your GAD symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been dizzy a lot lately. Could it be my sugar? I'm not overweight. What would be a normal sugar level for a 19 year old?

I've been dizzy a lot lately. Could it be my sugar? I'm not overweight. What would be a normal sugar level for a 19 year old?

Many causes/dizzy: There are too many causes of dizziness to predict what could be causing your symptom. Stress, dehydration and infrequent meals can be common causes that are preventable. Standing up too quickly can make your dizziness worse. If this continues, a physical exam and testing could help evaluate for other causes, including anemia, ear infections, blood pressure problems, etc. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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In the sun for 30 mins suddenly felt dizzy and my head was tingling. Back home now and still feel a little lightheaded. ? Im 30 a little overweight

In the sun for 30 mins suddenly felt dizzy and my head was tingling. Back home now and still feel a little lightheaded. ? Im 30 a little overweight

Many possibilities: Hello, I hope you are starting to feel better now. There are many possibilities that can cause your symptoms. It may be related to being in the sun or could be related to something you ate or a medication you took. Also, more serious things like a cardiac problem can't be ruled out. I hoe this helps. Seek further help if you are still experiencing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more